Lionel Messi crowned 2019 Ballon d’Or winner.
Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi has won the Men’s Ballon d’Or for a sixth time.
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk was second, ahead of Juve’s Cristiano Ronaldo and fellow Reds forward Sadio Mane.
Messi was involved in 63 goals in total in the past 12 months for both club and country, including 46 goals and 17 assists as the playmaker helped Barca to retain their La Liga crown.
1 – Lionel Messi was involved in 63 goals in 2019 for FCBarcelona and Argentina (46 goals and 17 assists), averaging 1’17 per game (GP54).
“I would like to thank all of the journalists who voted for me and wanted me to have this prize,” said Messi after picking up the award in Paris on Monday night alongside his two sons and wife.
“Thank you so much to my colleagues who have actually contributed a lot to this prize. It is amazing, thank you so much.”
“I hope to continue for a long time. I realize that I am very lucky, even if, one day, retirement will ring. It will be difficult. But I still have beautiful years ahead of me. Time goes very quickly, so I want to enjoy football and my family.”
2019 list of messi achievement so far
Messi was presented with the gong by 2018 winner Luka Modric and that means as well as this year, the Argentina international has also won the Ballon d’Or in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.